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At-risk and refugee researchers

A Collection of links for displaced and at risk scientists

The University of Bremen stands in solidarity with its colleagues who face oppression and persecution in their home countries because of their work. For some time now, the IN-Touch Program has been available for refugee academics in Bremen, offering participants the opportunity to network and stay in touch with science and research locally. For at-risk researchers the University of Bremen offers two different scholarship possibilities: On one hand the AvH scholarship of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative and on the other hand, since 2019, a scholarship provided hy the federal state of Bremen. Until today, seven at-risk researchers could research at University of Bremen thanks to the Philipp Schwartz Initiative Below you will find internal and external links to funding opportunities, job portals, organisations and networks that may be helpful sources for researchers at risk. 


Sholarship programm of the Philipp-Schwartz Initiative

As part of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, universities and research institutions can apply for funding to host risk researchers. Successfully nominated risk researchers can receive the scholarship for up to 24 months of research. The scholarship is always awarded in rounds.
Currently, the deadline for the 9th round has expired.

 The Philipp Schwartz Initiative started their 11th call for nominations - deadline is the 18th of february 2022.

Further information on the Philipp Schwarz Initiative and the application requirements can be found here.


Fellowship program of the State of Bremen

Apart from the Philipp-Schwartz Initiative, the State of Bremen offers a new scholarship program for at-risk scholars. The fellowship is available for PhD candidates and Postdocs. Further information on the program can be found here

There is currently no open call for applications.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. The application deadlines are January 15th and July 15th of each year. 

Friedrich Ebert Foundation 
Among other groups, this political foundation funds students and PhD candidates who have fled persecution in their home countries and now reside in Germany. Having a residency permit is not a requirement. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Philipp Schwartz-Initiative (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative universities and research institutes in Germany have the opportunity to issue a full scholarship to at-risk researchers for a time period of 24 months. University of Bremen has already successfully hosted two such researchers. The fifth round is open for applications at the moment. All further information you can find here.

Fellowship for displaced and at-risk scienits of Lower Saxony
The Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony offers scientists who have been displaced or are seeking refuge, a three-year research scholarship. The application deadline was November of 2017, and more scholarships may come available at a later time. 

Baden-Württemberg Fonds for at-risk scientists
The Baden-Württemberg Foundation initiated a funding program for at- risk scientists. The aim is to provide funding to at-risk scientists and give them the opportunity to work in one of the research institutions in Baden-Württemberg.   

The German Research Foundation (DFG)
The DFG offers collaboration in DFG projects to researchers from all career areas who have been forced to flee their home countries and now reside in Germany. Research projects that are already being funded by the DFG can call for additional staff and thus enable the involvement of refugee researchers. In addition, refugees can be directly funded in graduate colleges, specific research areas and other DFG-funded collaborative projects. As a prospective student, you can make a request directly to the managers of current DFG projects or graduate colleges by referring to the program. We can provide you with information about the ongoing DFG funded projects in Bremen and help you to establish contact with the project management. 

Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagen Foundation, similar to the DFG, offers refugee researchers involvement opportunities in ongoing research projects funded by the Volkswagen foundation. Having been issued a residency permit is a requirement. The project manager must call for the applications. As an interested refugee researcher, you can make a direct request to the management of current projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation by referring to the program.We can provide you information about the ongoing VW fnded projects in Bremen and help you initiate contact with the project management. 

Science4Refugees helps refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background find positions at universities and research institutions.

Scholar Rescue Fund
The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) provides fellowships to professors, researchers, and renowned intellectuals whose lives and careers are threatened in their home countries.

Scholar at Risk
Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

PAUSE - Collège de France 
PAUSE is a program to French universities and research institutes, similar to the Philipp Schwartz program in Germany. It allows institutions to host at-risk scientists. It is open to doctoral students, postdocs, as well as experienced scientists. 

Chance for Science
Chance for Science provides a platform for scientists who fled to Germany to establish contact with other researchers in their field. They also benefit from access to libraries, conferences and can participate at events taking place at the universities.  

Of the University of Bremen

Temporary positions for Postdocs 
Support is available to postdoctoral researchers in independently setting up and leading research projects early in their career.

Independent Projects for Postdocs
These projects aim to make it possible for postdoctoral researchers to conduct their research in a productive environment, network in their scientific communities and potentially find professorships. 

Professors of the University of Bremen may apply for funding to invite prospective doctoral candidates from abroad for a one to two week stay in Bremen.

Other opportunities

Horizon 2020 is a EU funding program for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020. It is only available to members of the EU, as well as associated countries such as Turkey.

German Research Foundation ('Deutsche-Forschungsgemeinschaft').

German Academic Exchange Service


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